Stella Creasy MP: 'L&Q’s plans don’t represent best deal for taxpayer'

Like many residents in Walthamstow, I’m gutted to see Boris Johnson’s support for the popular Walthamstow Dog Stadium before the mayoral elections disappear after them.

Ever since they bought it in a private sale, both Iain Duncan Smith and I have argued L&Q’s plans don’t represent the best deal for the taxpayer or local residents.

That’s why along with many others we’ve worked to provide an alternative proposal that will not only restore our dog track as a going concern but also bring living wage jobs, housing and investment to our area.

Today’s news is a bitter blow to those of us who want the best for Walthamstow. However, we’re not giving up just yet.

I made a pledge to residents at the election to fight for our stadium because of the future potential it offers our community and I owe it to them to continue to explore who can hear our concerns now.

That’s why I’m now making a public plea to the Government to listen to Walthamstow and asking residents to make their feelings known to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

– Stella Creasy, Labour and Co-operative MP for Walthamstow

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Walthamstow dog track to go

The Mayor, Boris Johnson, has approved a scheme to redevelop Walthamstow dog track in east London. Campaigners and local MPs had opposed plans, approved by the council in May, to build nearly 300 homes and a leisure centre at the Grade II listed site